Saturday, April 15, 2017

Kodak Orbit360 update: it's worth waiting for!


I saw the Orbit360 at VRLA and got some additional info.  There's good news and bad news.


Yes the Orbit360 is at VRLA.  Here it is next to the Keymission 360.  It's smaller and much lighter than I expected.


I was able to get a little more information about the Orbit360.  Like I said, there's good news and bad news.  First, the bad news.  NAB is a little more than a week from today, but the Kodak Pixpro website still hasn't opened preorders, so it's not likely that it will be shipping at NAB or, indeed, anytime in the next couple of weeks.

Are you done groaning?  OK, now for the good news.

First, you saw from my tests that the 2017 Gear 360 does not appear to be a gigantic leap (IMHO) from the original Samsung Gear 360.  Last year, when I compared the original Gear 360 and the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro, I found that the SP360 4K had higher video quality than the original Gear 360 (in fact, the highest quality among consumer 360 cameras).   I haven't directly compared the 2017 Gear 360 with the SP360 yet, but it's likely that the SP360 will still be ahead of the 2017 Gear 360, purely in terms of image quality (not counting usability or other factors).

As for the Orbit, according to a Kodak insider and a couple of beta testers I spoke with, the Orbit360 looks better than the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro.  This finding is consistent with what we saw from the samples of the Orbit 360 that I found.

If that's true then it's likely that Orbit360 will have better video quality than the 2017 Gear 360.  Even if we assume that the Kodak Orbit360 is at least as good as the SP360 4K (but with the convenience of an all-in-one 360 camera), there's a very good chance it will offer the highest video quality for 360 consumer cameras.

Second, according to this Kodak source, samples from the Orbit360 will indeed be coming soon, in a matter of a few weeks.  YES finally! :-D  Then you can see for yourself how good the Orbit360's quality is.

Third, I will probably be able to get a special discount for you guys!  So, how's that for good news? :D

So to recap, we shouldn't expect the Orbit360 anytime soon.  We're more likely to see it in summer (that's my guess - of course, I could be wrong).  But if you want the highest image quality among this year's consumer 360 cameras, then I think the Orbit360 will have it.  We will find out in a few weeks when the samples become available.

BTW some of you have been wondering if the Orbit will work with the Guru 360.  I can confirm the answer is yes.  I saw the Orbit being stabilized with the Guru 360 ($299; reviewed here).  You can confidently order the Guru 360 for the Orbit360 (or other consumer 360 cameras).
Orbit360 being stabilized with the Guru 360 gimbal
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2 comments:

  1. Did you get any info about photo quality and resolution by any chance? Seriously disappointed by the new Samsung in that regard...

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    1. Here you have the specs: https://kodakpixpro.com/Americas/cameras/vrcamera/orbit3604k/specs/orbit360-specs-web.pdf

      Quite disapponited that we need to wait that long. I wonder when it will be available in Europe. Great post as usual though!

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